If you are visiting Noto or the surroundings, you cannot miss a special restaurant. At Dammuso, you can find incredible street food and traditional dishes. Dammuso is in fact a landmark for food lovers exploring this side of Sicily.
The town of Noto
Noto is a city in the biggest municipality of Sicily, and the fourth of the entire Italy. Renown for its Baroque buildings, in the typical pink/yellow/whitish stone, Noto is worth a visit to enjoy its building and their interiors during the day, take a stroll at night among tiny streets and palaces lit up by the moon, stars, and artificial, lights and to taste both street food and dishes of the tradition.
And the street food paradise
Dammuso is in the city center, on a street that crosses the main one, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, where you can find shops, bars, and restaurants.
Managed by two brothers, with the mum in the kitchen, Dammuso offers traditional dishes both with fish and meat. But you can also find traditional side dishes or appetizers prepared with ricotta cheese, olives, oranges, pistachio nuts, or seafood.
What I had
I tried the tuna in a crust of pistachios served on “caponata”, a traditional side dish made with vegetables cooked and stuffed in oil.
And the traditional Sicilian salad is prepared with oranges and onions and served with olives and oil.
Other traditional dishes include fried ricotta cheese, sarde alla beccafico, and pasta with seafood, in particular fresh sea urchin.
The restaurant is not cheap but it is absolutely affordable (tuna in pistachio crust 18 euros, 5/7 euros a side dish, appetizers from 7 to 11 euros). You can eat for some 30 euros and considering many dishes are with fresh fish, the price is definitely value for money.
Someone told me not to have coffee there, so I and some friends decide to finish dinner with a coffee at Caffè Sicilia, which is open until late at tinge in summer.
Dammuso, Via Rocco Pirro 10/12 Noto.
Tested in August 2017